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Re: Octave class versus Matlab class

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: Octave class versus Matlab class
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 20:47:18 -0500

On 29-Nov-2006, Steve C. Thompson wrote:

| Does anyone know if there are plans for classes/objects support
| in future GNU Octave releases?

Yes.  I have some funding to do this work and hope to get something
started soon.  However, this doesn't mean that other interested
parties have to stand by on the sidelines and wait, so if you'd like
to help out, please discuss your ideas on the maintainers list.  Also,
the current plan is that classes won't appear in any snapshot until
after 3.0 is released.

| Since it is not
| supported in Octave, does that mean there is weak user demand, or
| are their other reasons?

I think most of the standard reasons apply.  Here are some:

  It is a fairly big job.
  No one has done it yet.
  Everyone is waiting for someone else to do it.
  No one who is capable of doing the work has been motivated to do it.
  No one has offered funding to up the priority for it (until recently).


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